(b. 1581, Antwerpen, d. 1642, Antwerpen)

The Interior of a Picture Gallery with Connoisseurs Admiring Paintings

Oil on panel, 71 x 104 cm
Private collection

Depictions of galleries, both real and fictional, were quite popular in the first half of the seventeenth century, in large part due to their promotion by Francken and Jan Brueghel the Elder. The present picture is an imagined recreation of a collector's cabinet in Flanders. The room is filled with a plethora of objects that illustrate the collector's eclectic and worldly taste. Various objets d'art, jewelry, shells, flowers, and a variety of paintings, both identifiable and in the general style of contemporary Flemish artists fill the room.